A company in global competition
As an international group, we speak four languages: Over 60% of our employees and over 70% of our customers are based outside Germany. With almost 1200 sites worldwide, we have laid the foundations for a successful global company – and we want to build on that. That’s why we’re looking for you: individuals who break through barriers and are inspired by a wide variety of views and opportunities, in order to bring them together to create an innovative and successful solution. Everyone has different goals and qualifications, whether global or national, linguistic or technical. At thyssenkrupp there’s always more potential.
The thyssenkrupp group
Our business operations are organized in six business areas: Components Technology, Elevator Technology, Industrial Solutions, Materials Services, Steel Europe, and Steel Americas. The business areas are divided into business units and operating units. In 77 countries, 497 subsidiaries and 23 investments accounted for by the equity method are included in the consolidated financial statements.
engineering. tomorrow. together.
engineering. tomorrow. together. brings together all employees at thyssenkrupp. We have all dedicated ourselves to the task of engineering sustainable solutions, and we are convinced that we achieve the best results when we work together. A corporate culture with shared values such as team spirit, good communication, motivation, a focus on success, and treating colleagues, customers, investors, and competitors with respect is an essential factor for success. And it is only a culture if our employees feel part of it. This is why we ask them for their thoughts.
What do our employees like about us?
We offer our employees a wide range of benefits and services in almost 1,200 locations worldwide. Your local team leader can provide you with a list of specific services for your location. In Essen, the benefits we offer include the following:
Attractive working conditions and employee benefits, flat hierarchies and an open door policy, induction and continuing education training programs, measures for ensuring your health and safety at work, flexible working time models, measures for ensuring a good balance between work and family life, formation of international teams, a collaborative approach, a working atmosphere based on mutual respect, a dynamic working environment in a growing company as well as a great starting point in terms of development prospects.
Work is a big part of all our lives. But it’s also important to make time for other parts. We’ll help you to find a healthy balance between your work and personal life with advantages such as the in-house childcare facilities at our Duisburg and Essen locations, and our family office. What’s more, we’re constantly expanding this range of options to ensure that your children are always in good hands. Our partner famPLUS, for instance, helps working parents arrange expert childcare. We also provide employees who need to care for sick or disabled family members or who find themselves in difficult circumstances with help and support at no cost.
Rigid working hours models have been obsolete for some time now. We believe in each worker’s individuality and specific strengths. That’s why it’s a matter of course for us that each person can make their own decision as to how and when they would like to work. No matter whether you arrive at 7am and go home at 5pm, or start at 11am and leave at 9pm – as long as everyone is doing their job, we’ll support flexible working hours models. On the other hand, we also offer the option of working from home. You know best how you will contribute to the company’s success.
Our initiatives are paying off: In the past business year, the proportion of women in management positions increased by 1.4 percentage points to 10.2% (previous year: 8.8%). In 2011, thyssenkrupp signed the “Women in Leadership Positions” joint statement issued by 30 DAX companies. We stand firmly behind the objectives detailed in the statement, such as promoting mathematics, informatics, sciences, and engineering. thyssenkrupp, together with the technical universities, is actively involved with the “Femtec” careers network, which specifically sports female students in technical subjects. This makes it easier for high-potential female candidates to enter professions in engineering.
Our employees’ health is our top priority. That’s why thyssenkrupp launched its “Zero Accidents” initiative. Our health and safety management plays an important role in this regard. We focus on preventive healthcare. From company sport programs and in-house doctors through to massages, we offer a wide range of health services to ensure a healthy body and a healthy mind.
In January 2016, the LGBTI Network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people was founded at thyssenkrupp. Under the auspices of Oliver Burkhard, who is also a member of the Management Board, we are addressing concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex employees.
In 2015, thyssenkrupp issued a specific statement relating to the inclusion of people with disabilities. At thyssenkrupp, we believe that inclusion in the world of work – i.e. those with disabilities taking part in working life autonomously and with equal treatment – is a vital corporate obligation. Around 3300 people with disabilities currently work in the German group.
A global technology group like thyssenkrupp should be known for its innovativeness—and not for irresponsible behavior. That’s why respectful cooperation with our employees and partners is at the center of everything we do. We are conscious of our corporate social responsibility, are fair business partners, support a range of socio-political initiatives, and invest heavily in environmental protection and resource efficiency. You can find further information under sustainability.
thyssenkrupp is growing. As a result of ongoing internationalization, new markets are constantly opening up, and so we need high-performing individuals who understand our company. That’s why we are placing more and more emphasis on promoting the development of talented young employees. By expanding their expertise, methodological skills, and personal competencies, we enable committed employees to pursue technical and management careers with excellent prospects.
Our managers’ commitment and ability determine how well thyssenkrupp is positioned against the global competition and how well prepared we are for the challenges of the future. That’s why we launched “thyssenkrupp PerspActive”, a systematic and efficient management development process that aims to improve the performance of senior management and to ensure that key positions within the Group are filled by outstanding individuals. The “thyssenkrupp Academy”, which also aims to promote management and company development, runs programs that are contributing to the strategic and cultural transformation of the thyssenkrupp Group. The programs are aimed at the Group’s 2,000 senior-level managers. They are guided by the thyssenkrupp mission statement, the strategic objectives that have been set by the Group, and the current demands made on our managers.
At thyssenkrupp, we firmly believe that different cultures enrich us and make living and working together more enjoyable and more successful. We therefore specifically follow a corporate policy that values and promotes diversity, and unlocks its potential. 140 nationalities and 34 languages are represented in the company.
Integrating new employees is a key part of our recruiting and selection process, and we have found that this takes around three months. Once you’ve signed your contract, you can begin your journey in a corporation that, despite being one of the biggest in the world, will always offer you very personal support. This means that we provide extensive support from day one.
To help you along in these first few days, we allocate a specific person in charge of providing you with a step-by-step initiation. Every employee is given a specific person to contact in the team when operational questions or personal issues need to be resolved quickly. You get to know your colleagues and the projects they’re working on in small introductory meetings, and we provide you with work materials and give you our “Blue-Card”. This card is used for activities such as eating, riding the elevator, and making copies. From day one, you will be aware of the level of responsibility that you can take on. We believe that new employees give valuable feedback, whatever their situation. In contrast to employees who have been with us for many years, someone with an external viewpoint looks at processes and ways of working in a new, fresh way – and that can really yield results. Nonetheless, we want to have you as an expert within our organization as soon as possible, and you will of course take part in a non-boarding program with other new recruits. There, a range of experts from different departments will give you an introduction to subjects affecting the company on an international basis. The four-hour session includes a tour of your new place of work, giving you the opportunity to stretch your legs as well. Finally, contact details are exchanged. You can also chat to your colleagues over a meal.
We hope that this will give you the tools you need for a successful start in your new role. Experienced colleagues and experts will introduce you to your first projects and will be on hand to give you advice and assistance.
But we don’t just want to take – we want to give you as much as possible as well. Performance management is an essential process in this respect, helping to translate the corporate strategy and objectives into resolutions that are tailored to you as an individual. For this reason, you should take part in a discussion of objectives within the first 4 to 12 weeks, including process analyses and performance feedback.
It’s not only with regard to its business activities that thyssenkrupp sees itself as a committed corporate citizen. We also treat our employees in a socially responsible way. We respect national employment laws and, above all, we respect human beings’ dignity. Furthermore, we follow the highest health and safety standards and offer fair working conditions and competitive remuneration.
We value and promote diversity in our employees because we firmly believe that these differences make us stronger and more successful. We therefore welcome all applications, irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic and social background, religion and beliefs, disability, age, and sexual orientation and identity. We expressly reject any form of discrimination and promote integration and tolerance. We became a PROUTEMPLOYER in 2016 and as such are committed to creating an open, tolerant, constructive work environment for all thyssenkrupp employees. Read more about the principles of social responsibility in labor relations: Code of conduct (DE)
Every year, more than 80,000 participants avail themselves of the wide range of training and continuing education options offered by thyssenkrupp. Many of our employees in Germany complete more than one course so we have a very high rate of participation in training and continuing education: in excess of 140%. And demand continues to grow. Our training options focus on quality management, data technology, management skills, and intercultural awareness. Technical seminars and training sessions on work safety, health management, and environmental protection are also popular—and not just with engineers. We also invest indirectly in our employees’ expertise. We support them in gaining additional qualifications, such as an executive MBA or a doctorate specific to their professional field. Talented young people and career starters are assigned mentors who provide insights into your responsibilities and the world of thyssenkrupp. In addition, job rotation gives specialists the chance to discover new fields and companies within the Group, and thereby to discover their hidden potential.
There are just as many different lifestyles as there are people at thyssenkrupp. Our work environment gives our employees the freedom to create their own balance between work and home. We offer reliable and individual solutions that allows employees to combine work with their personal interests. We offer flexible models, are aware of the importance of employee health, and know that friends and family are a valuable part of our employees’ lives.
One day when you’re older, you may wish to slow down a bit or even leave the world of work, no matter how much you have enjoyed working at thyssenkrupp. If this day comes, we’ll offer you the option of entering semi-retirement or moving to a new position. This will allow you to adapt your workload to your own personal situation. If you prefer to enter well-earned retirement, there’s one thing you won’t need to worry about: your financial security. You can opt for the Group’s collectively bargained pension plan, or you can choose from a range of other pension schemes that vary from company to company.
We are a diversified industrial group. But what does that actually mean?
thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with a growing share of capital goods and service businesses and traditional strengths in materials. Over 158,000 employees in 79 countries work with passion and technological know-how to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2016/2017 thyssenkrupp generated sales of €41.5 billion. In addition, we can offer you an environment you’ll love working in. Exciting projects, pioneering topics, and a shared goal: to make the world a better place every day – in big ways and in small ways, with our customers and with you. This is what we’re striving towards. And this is why we demonstrate openness, honesty, and respect for one another, irrespective of status within the company. Our shared value is reliability. We’re a team. And we’d be delighted if you could join us.
Discover your future at thyssenkrupp
thyssenkrupp employees are as diverse as our activities around the world: from plant mechanics and production managers to sales representatives and project managers. Do you want to discover career opportunities at thyssenkrupp? Find out more in our job advertisements.